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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ingenius Series to Feature 16 plays (Manhattan Theatre Source)

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New works by Joan Tewkesbury (Nashville, Thieves Like Us), David Caudle (Carbonell Nominee), Nat Cassidy (Kit and Little Boots), Montserrat Mendez (2008 FringeNYC Outstanding Playwrighting Award), and Richard Vetere (Machiavelli) headline the InGenius Series at Manhattan Theatre Source (177 MacDougal Street) January 6 through February 7, 2009.

The five-week series, the premiere production of the Source's resident playwright workshop The Writers' Forum, will feature three full-length plays, 13 one-act plays and staged readings of new works by Bill C. Davis (Mass Appeal), Joan Tewkesbury, Robin Maguire and Ellen Boscov. Tandy Cronyn (Cabaret, The Playboy of the Western World) and Sam Tsoutsouvas (Our Country's Good, By Jeeves, Edward II) will star in Joan Tewkesbury's Retrospective as famed artistic couple Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. O'Keeffe has been invited to write an essay for her late husband's retrospective at the Met. As she struggles with what to say, Stieglitz appears, and they review the unfinished business of the past only to rediscover the fine line between love and hate. Sarah Baskin, Emilio Delgado and Michael Wolfe round out the cast. Tewkesbury will also direct. Performances are January 20, 21, 22, and 31 and February 1, 6, and 7 at 8:00 pm. There is a matinee Saturday, February 7 at 3:00 pm.

Any Day Now, written and directed by Nat Cassidy, opens the InGenius Series. The Colby family is facing its share of problems. Jackie is doing poorly at school, Josh drinks too much, Beverly is far too controlling and Pen is slipping into senility. But that's nothing compared to the difficulties to come. One of their own is found wandering in the backyard, days after he was buried. And, he's not the only one. The cast features Paige Allen, Arthur Aulisi, Waltrudis Buck, Elyse Mirto, Anna O'Donoghue and Anthony Spaldo. Performances of Any Day Now are January 6, 7, 8, 17, 19, 29 and 30 at 8:00 pm and January 18 at 7:00 pm.

The New York premiere of David Caudle's Carbonell-nominated play Likeness rounds out the full-length offerings. In Colonial Boston, an idealistic young painter scores a career-making gig: the portrait of a wealthy landowner's spoiled daughter. But, there is more to the assignment than meets the eye. Artistic integrity battles ambition, and subject defies artist, as the first rumblings of revolution rattle the studio walls. Jessica Ammirati directs. The cast includes Brad Fraizer, Laurel Lockhart, Ryan Metcalf, Danielle Quisenberry, Stu Richel, and Erin Wilhelmi. Performances are January 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 23, and 24 at 8:00 pm and January 25 at 7:00 pm.

InGenius will also present three different programs of one-act plays. Program A; featuring works by Vetere, Mendez, L. Pontius (Umbrella), Vanda (Edward Albee Fellow) and Bill McMahon (A Winter Beauty); runs January 12 through 14 at 8:00 pm. Program B follows with plays by Vincent Marano (A Collapse), Laura Schlachtmeyer, Ed Malin and John Watts January 26 through 28, 2009 at 8:00 pm. The one-act series close with new works by Pamela Yaco, John McKinney, Paul Jordan and Jennifer Thatcher February 2 through 4 at 8:00 pm.

For a full calendar of events and advance tickets, visit Tickets are $18 per show. Admission to the staged readings is free.

The Writers' Forum is a think tank for playwrights that meets weekly at Manhattan Theatre Source. It is committed to the development of engaging, new plays. Open since 2000, Manhattan Theatre Source (the Source) is an arts service and producing organization located in the heart of Greenwich Village. Recently named "one of the top five Off-Off Broadway theaters" by New York magazine, the Source launched Obie Award-winning Broadway musical [title of show] and was home to the world premieres of Coronado by Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) and Richard Vetere's Machiavelli. For more information, visit

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